Try being nice to rich people. I don’t remember the last poor person who gave me a job.
This was Kiss’ Gene Simmons, to the 99%, via the San Diego Union-Tribune, among other typically asinine pronouncements.
I won’t waste time on his “being in the 1% is great” trolling from the article, but the above quote got under my skin more quickly than should be physically possible. (I also won’t comment on his more recently wrongheaded grunts encouraging possibly clinically depressed young people to kill themselves, either.)
Dear Mr. Simmons:
I’m pretty sure you remember “the last poor person who gave you a job”. That would be EVERYBODY WHO EVER WORKED A MINIMUM WAGE JOB TO EARN MONEY TO BUY ANY OF YOUR BAND’S MOSTLY MEDIOCRE ALBUMS AND EVERYTHING BUT THEIR OWN COFFIN WITH A KISS LOGO ON IT.
Oh, wait, THEY BOUGHT THEIR OWN FUCKING COFFINS TOO!!
To sum up: poor people have been sending money up the pyramid to you for the better part of four decades now. As this has been the bulk of your livelihood since you were in your twenties, you damn well better remember the last poor person who gave you a job.
(A less eloquent and more profane version of the above rant was part of my weekly internet-radio show available at Radio Free Pensacola dot com. Look for the “Left of the Dial” program. The show also includes this KISS song, often mis-titled, “Shock Me”.)